Let’s start with Prodromal or “False Labour”. Generally anytime after 37 weeks your uterus may start practicing for the birthing process and you may experience what are called Braxton Hicks Contractions. These contractions are mild and don't cause any significant changes to your cervix. Basically, true labour starts when uterine contractions make changes to the cervix~ The cervix begins to efface (get thinner) and dilate (open up).
Labour is Divided into 3 Stages:
The 1st Stage: This stage is divided into 3 phases: The early phase, the active phase and the transitional phase.
The 2nd Stage: This is the "Pushing Stage” Your uterus will spontaneously start pushing your baby downward and you will have the urge to push. Very simply, your baby descends downward through the birth canal and into your arms.
The 3rd Stage: The Delivery of the Placenta. After your baby is cuddling in your arms and perhaps you have initiated breastfeeding, your uterus will continue to contract until your placenta is delivered. These contraction are relatively minor.
And, that's it....the Stages & Phases of Labour: In a nutshell:)
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